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A Look Back at the History of Cremation

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Cremation has a much longer history than many people imagine. The practice dates back to the Stone Age and has been popular in different forms in different civilizations ever since. Today, people of many faiths and backgrounds choose cremation, and many families opt for shared cremation memorials over shared family burial plots. Here is a closer look at the long history of cremation.

Ancient Cremation
Most historians estimate that cremation started around 3000 B.C. in the Stone Age in Europe and the Near East, based on urns recovered from that time period. By around 1000 B.C, cremation moved in the British Isles, Ireland, and Northern Europe. There is evidence that cremation cemeteries were present in modern-day Hungary and Italy during this time. Both Greek and Roman civilizations heavily embraced cremation, even as early Christians and Jews objected to the practice. However, the Christianization of the European Empire under Constantine around 400 A.D. led to a decline in the popularity of cremation for a period of several centuries, except when necessary because of war or illness.

Return to Popularity
In the late 1800s, cremation’s popularity rebounded significantly, thanks to the development of a cremation chamber and an increased understanding of the health risks associated with improper burials. During this time period, cremation became popular throughout Europe and across North America.

Modern Cremation
Today, cremation is popular in most parts of the world. It is accepted by many faiths and embraced by people for a number of different reasons, from cost to a desire to be eco-friendly. Choosing cremation does not mean that you can’t have a funeral service or memorial ceremony—in many cases, such a service is still held.

If you have questions about cremation, call Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. We can explain your options for cremation and how to incorporate it in the kind of funeral service in Tucson that you hope to have. To learn more, call (520) 888-7470.

Coping with Sudden Loss

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There is never an instance in which losing a loved one is easy, but when a death occurs suddenly, there is an extra layer of confusion, shock, and sadness that you have to process. Anytime you lose a loved one, it is important to reach out for grief support to help you during this difficult time, and that is especially true in the case of a sudden loss. Here are some things that you need to know if you are faced with the abrupt loss of a loved one.

Your feelings are normal.
The way you feel after losing a loved one suddenly is normal. The way you feel about the loss may change from day to day, or even hour to hour, and that is OK as well. After a loss, some people feel profound sadness that makes them unable to cope with their everyday activities. Some people feel anger at their loved one for leaving them. Other people try to avoid the loss and throw themselves into work or another distraction. All of these feelings and behaviors are normal. Your way of working through grief is your own, and it can’t be replicated or judged by anyone else.

You have a right to feel cheated.
There is no good way to lose a loved one, but it is natural to feel like you were cheated out of the chance to say goodbye. There is evidence that people who lose a loved one to a prolonged illness experience some of their grieving before the person is gone, so the period after the loss is different than it is for those who lose a loved one unexpectedly. You have a right to feel angry or frustrated that you were robbed of that opportunity.

You have support.
You are never alone when you are coping with grief. There are support groups that are specifically for people who experienced sudden loss that could be helpful. Counseling may also help you understand your feelings. When you need help, ask for it.

After the tragic death of a loved one, Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery can provide the assistance you need to plan funeral services and make decisions about burial and cremation. We also offer extensive grief support services in Tucson. You can reach our funeral home at (520) 888-7470.

Working Through Grief with Daily Affirmations

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A funeral service is not the end of mourning but rather the beginning. Grief is an unpredictable feeling that can’t be rushed or ignored. If you are struggling with grief, help is available. At Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery, we’re pleased to offer grief support services in several ways, including daily affirmations.

Daily affirmations are part of our 365 Days of Grief Support program. Every day, you will receive an email that contains a message of hope and support to help you cope with your feelings one day at a time. Each affirmation is a reminder that you are not alone.

Help is available from Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery in Tucson as you face the process of saying goodbye to a loved one. From assistance with funeral services to grief support after the ceremony, we will be by your side. Contact us to find out more by calling (520) 888-7470 today.

Appropriate Funeral Attire for Women

Funeral ceremonies are solemn affairs. It’s essential to dress in an appropriately formal, somber manner to convey your respect for the decedent and the bereaved family. For ladies, this means selecting a conservative suit or dress to wear to the funeral home.

When you watch this featured video, you’ll get some essential tips on choosing the right outfit and accessories to avoid calling attention to yourself. Avoid open-toed shoes, flashy jewelry, and heavy makeup. Always leave your cellphone in your car or at home.

Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery in Tucson is honored to serve grieving families and friends at our peaceful funeral home. Contact us at (520) 888-7470 or visit our online Sympathy Store.

A Guide to Cemetery Memorialization Options

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After the loss of a loved one, your family might decide that interment in a cemetery is an appropriate choice. There are several respectful ways to honor your loved one with a personalized memorial. This site within a peaceful memorial park provides a gathering place for family and friends to celebrate the life of your loved one.

Traditional In-Ground Burial

Many families prefer traditional in-ground burial. Your loved one’s burial site will be marked with a beautiful upright headstone or flat grave marker. Cemeteries often devote much of their land to sections for traditional in-ground burials. You can expect serene, well-groomed landscaping to surround your loved one’s final resting place. Ask the cemetery representative about special burial sections, such as areas for veterans, people of certain faiths, and members of fraternal organizations like the Masons. Your family may wish to purchase multiple burial plots at the same time. Eventually, close family members can share the same hallowed ground.

Private Family Estates
Private family estates are a popular choice for families who wish to remain as close in death as they were in life. Each area is designated for one family and can accommodate multiple burials, including both cremated remains and traditional burials.

Lawn Crypts
Although spouses often choose to rest side-by-side within companion sites, there is another option. Lawn crypts are double-depth burial sites that accommodate two decedents. Not only are lawn crypts a thoughtful way to demonstrate the closeness of the relationship, but they are also a cost-effective option.

Above-Ground Entombment
Another option is interment above the ground. Your family may wish to consider making arrangements for a private mausoleum, which is a graceful, permanent structure within a memorial park. Private mausoleums reflect the legacy of the whole family.

All of these respectful options are available at Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. It’s our mission to guide your family in choosing the personalized memorials in Tucson that reflect the true personality of your loved one. Call our funeral home at (520) 888-7470 with any questions you may have.

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